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GROUP DISCUSSION #1 - “Dolan’s Cadillac”

Discussion in 'Nightmares & Dreamscapes' started by AchtungBaby, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. cat in a bag

    cat in a bag Well-Known Member

    The Movie Channel is showing it several times over the next few weeks.
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  2. Thanks :) We don't subscribe to any premium channels but used dvd's are pretty cheap. I like both Christian Slater and Wes Bently. I noticed there are more characters in the movie than the story lol.
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  3. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    I now know why the story seemed unfamiliar when I watched it. I have never read this book.

    I had assumed the movie was just sooooo different I wasn’t recognizing it. But it is actually a good adaption of the actual story....that I had never read. Lol
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....you are correct to a point about the call letters...WKXR is in Asheboro, North Carolina-however, check this out.....
    [​IMG]-usual Federal bureaucracy booger ups.....and some special requests by station owners....originally, the plan was to have all the K calls East of the Big Muddy and W calls West......
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2018

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....this is one of the few King stories I can recall that has what might be termed, a "happy ending"......not only is this an outright nod to Poe, it also feels like an old EC Comics tale....and given King's background-the protagonist being a schoolteacher is kind of amusing....
  6. Scratch

    Scratch In the flesh.

    I don't think it's so much a nod to Poe as it is a damn near direct imitation of John D. MacDonald. His style is stamped deep on this one. Even the method of tricking someone on the phone for information is a thing done often in his books. I should say I think it is an homage though. King loved MacDonald's books and spoke of him in the introduction to one of his. I can't recall which one. I agree with King though, John was one hell of a writer of such tales. Stephen did him proud.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...agreed, but the Poe touch is there as well....
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  8. cat in a bag

    cat in a bag Well-Known Member

    Watched the movie over the weekend. I did not really care for Christian Slater as Dolan but thought it was a pretty good adaptation as a whole. Wes Bentley was great.
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  9. do1you9love?

    do1you9love? Happy to be here!

    Answering my own question, but on the re-read, Dolan's injured bodyguard keeps calling him Jim and Jimmy, so, Jim Dolan is his full name. No first name for our narrator.
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  10. fljoe0

    fljoe0 Cantre Member

    Did Wes Bentley's character have a name in the movie?
  11. cat in a bag

    cat in a bag Well-Known Member

    I never caught one, other than Robinson. :D

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